"I can see [the SpectreONE] standing out in any room in the house – it’s just beautiful.” Those weren’t my words….that was from a journalist. Who worked at an interior design magazine, no less. Aside from awesome lines, let me tell you more about this sweet-looking all-in-one head-turner and why the SpectreONE innovates in ways no one else is even attempting.
I suppose I should address those looks, up front. Occupying most of your eyeballs is the 23.6-inch flush glass full HD screen. Yep, it looks mighty crisp at the native 19 by 10 resolution. At least it did in a recent hands-on with this beauty. I was able to sneak into HP’s Design Studios and get a little quality one-on-one time with a prototype machine. (You’ll be able to lay hands upon one come November 14th, starting at $1,299.)
So, while I’m not able to share speeds-and-feeds quite yet, it looks to be a good-looking and still capable all-in-one PC. You want a 3rd-Gen Core Intel processor? It’s in there. Optional ExpressCache and solid state drive? Yep. Discrete graphics? The machine I grabbed had a 1GB Nvidia GeForce 610m GPU under that small hood. Now I should probably make something a little more clear: When I say, “under the hood” in this case, it’s a very slim (11.5mm thin) with a slick hood. You see, the entire computer is parked in the base. The main components are in strut while the I/O ports – which I’ll get to in a moment – are parked around the base.
To give a little perspective, I want to show you this “top secret”-type shot I got of what the main guts of the PC look like with the back off. Neat, eh?
Now as for that base, it’s pushing for minimalism while still offering the ports you need. Lining the sides and back of the base, you’ll find two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, HDMI-in, and a Beats Audioheadphone jack. On the bottom of that base, though, is something you don’t see in other desktops – an NFC reader (or as we like to call it, the TouchZone). Now, if you’re not familiar with what Near Field Communications offers, I mentioned it back when the ENVY 14 Spectre first came out – HP made the first laptop to offer the technology. Notice a trend here?
Here’s the short version: if you have an NFC-enabled device like, say, a smartphone, you can share data between the devices. URLs, phone numbers – whatever the software you’re using allows. And from what I’ve seen first-hand, the software that we’ve created does some cool stuff with NFC. You can set tags so that the computer will recognize a user by NFC and open up the computer with their settings. The computer also comes with a couple NFC tags that you could stick on….I dunno…maybe you’ve been dying to tag your arm or something and get all cyberpunk. I didn’t have time for this story, but this does give me a couple ideas for experimenting with what is possible NFC-wise on the SpectreONE. You’ll have to check back in for more on that one.
OK, one last thing to go over with you for now: The keyboard, mouse and trackpad.
It comes with a keyboard and mouse if that’s how you like to mix it up with your PC. You know, the ol’ fashioned way. Also included with this all-in-one, though, is a matching wireless trackpad designed specifically for the SpectreONE. With it, you’re able to scroll, swipe and navigate multitouch-style.
I have more wacky insights – videos, hands-on reports and otherwise in store for you. But, in the meantime, feel free to take a gander on our landing page (www.hp.com/go/newpcs). Ask your questions in the comments section…or just let me know what you think of what you’ve seen so far.